Dorothy Dowling has been named to the
position of Senior Vice President, Marketing at THE WORLD’S LARGEST HOTEL
CHAIN. The announcement was made at Best Western International’s annual
convention in Charlotte today by President and Chief Executive Officer,
David Kong. Dowling’s diverse career in the hospitality and tourism industry spans 20
years. She has served in a variety of senior level positions in both the
private and public sectors.
Dowling began her hospitality career as a professor at Georgian College of
Applied Arts & Technology in Ontario, Canada, at the School of Tourism &
Hospitality. She joins Best Western most recently from Philadelphia-based
ARAMARK Corporation, a world leader in food management services. From 2002
to 2004, Dowling held vice president positions with three of ARAMARK’S
divisions including Parks & Attractions, Sports and Entertainment and
Convention and Tourism. Prior to that, Dowling worked for Cendant
Corporation from 1996 to 1999 as Vice President of Marketing. From 1999 to
2002, she served in senior level positions including President and Chief
Operating Officer of Travelodge Canada and Executive Vice President of
Sales and Marketing for Royal Host REIT. Dowling has also worked for
several Canadian companies including Forte Hotels, Relax Hotels & Resorts,
Drake International and Laventhol & Horwath Management Consultants.
Dowling earned her Joint Masters of Arts degree in Sociology and Leisure
Studies from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
In her role as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Best Western, Dowling
will lead the Field Marketing, Frequency Marketing, Consumer Marketing,
Advertising/Creative Services and Electronic Marketing departments.
“Dorothy brings a wealth of experience to Best Western through her success
at some of the most highly respected organizations in hospitality and
tourism,” said Kong. “Dorothy is a very energetic, strategic and
thoughtful individual and we’re delighted to have someone of her caliber
lead our marketing team.”